International Federation of Journalists urges to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia

International Federation of Journalists urges to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the international community to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"The EU and US have sanctioned Russia and Venezuela over claims of state sponsored killing. Why the lack of action on Saudi Arabia? In the coming days, IFJ affiliates across the world will call on their governments to halt cooperation with Saudi Arabia until its government tells the truth and arrests the perpetrators," the statement says.

It also states that the idea that it takes days for the Saudi regime to find out what happened inside their own consulate is unbelievable – it is an embarrassing charade. "The impunity with which the Saudis are acting is grotesque but it is in many ways matched by the sight of leading governments around the world displaying their willingness to aid and abet this gross cover-up to protect their own financial and political interests," the statement reads.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist, went missing on October 2. He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he went to receive papers he needed to remarry. Later, Saudi authorities announced that a preliminary investigation had shown that Khashoggi was dead.

The authorities said 18 Saudi nationals had been detained in relation with the matter, Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Assiri, a senior intelligence official, had been removed from their posts.

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